Success With Seeds Malva

Malva Germination Information

Malva is the botanical name for Mallow
Malva Seed Germination How to Sow Malva:
  • Best indoors at alternating temperatures of 68 and 86°
  • Seeds will germinate in 5-10 days
  • If sown outdoors, sow in spring or summer, up to two months before frost
  • If sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Malva:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves

Spacing: Space seedlings 12-24 inches apart in full sun or light shade in a well-drained, average garden soil

Soil: Keep well-watered and fertilized for best performance. Staking may be necessary in rich soils, due to the extra growth

Additional Care: Seldom a need to divide the plants—clumps may be left undisturbed indefinitely. Tolerant of high humidity

Appearance and Use:

The following two Malva species are archetypal garden perennials grown in borders, wildflower gardens, and for cut flower use. Native to India, Malva alcea var. fastigiata, Mallow, is hardy from Zone 4-7. An upright grower, its stems reach 2-4 feet tall and are clothed in 2 inch diameter, bright rose, pink, or white, hollyhock-like flowers. Native to Europe, Africa, and India, Malva sylvestris, Tree Mallow, is hardy from Zones 5-8. An upright grower, but shorter than above, its stems reach 1-3 feet tall and are clothed in pinkish, purplish, or blue flowers. The veins running through the petals are darker colored, resulting in a two-toned effect. Both species are vigorous growers and extremely floriferous throughout the summer into the fall

About Malva:
Pronunciation:  mal’-vå
Lifecycle:  Perennial
Origination: Malvaceae; native to India
Common Name: Mallow